With back-to-school shopping commencing anytime now, expect to see a lot of new laptops sporting the latest and greatest Intel Haswell (a.k.a. fourth-generation Core) processors going on sale. Acer has gotten the jump on the competition with its new Aspire M5-583P-6428 Windows 8 notebook, which is being sold exclusively at Best Buy.
The new M5 is a little more potent than a budget laptop, including a Core i5-4200U dual-core processor, 8GB of RAM, and 500GB hard drive. The resolution for the 15.6-inch LED-backlit screen is a ho-hum 1,366x768, however, and the Aspire relies on the Haswell chip's integrated graphics rather than providing a discrete card. To take full advantage of Windows 8, the screen does support 10-point multi-touch control.
The 5.3-pound notebook includes such amenities as four speakers, Dolby Home Theater v4 audio technology, and WiDi support to wirelessly connect to an HDTV. The new Acer Purified.Voice feature is designed to keep audio from conference calls and webcam videos as clear as possible.
The Aspire M5-583P is available now at Best Buy locations, though it does not currently appear to be available on the retailer's website. At $699.99, it's competitively priced for someone looking for a mainstream laptop with some of the latest technology that won't break the bank.